Thursday, April 22, 2004

News briefs



Luken throws out protesters

Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken evicted four people from City Council's chambers Wednesday, the first meeting under a new rule allowing him to ban rule-breakers from speaking for 60 days. All four protesters were banned for using racial slurs and profane language during two-minute public speeches. Four new signs posted outside council chambers warn about the rule change. As soon as he was thrown out, protester Nathaniel Livingston Jr. went to federal court for a scheduled hearing on his lawsuit seeking to void the new rule as unconstitutional. Luken also evicted - but did not ban for 60 days - protester J.R. Rowland after she got into a profane exchange of words with WDBZ-AM talk-show host Lincoln Ware, who was sitting in the audience.

Malone wants law against porn in car

Cincinnati Councilman Sam Malone wants a city ordinance against displaying pornography in a motor vehicle if people outside can see it. Malone, a Republican, said he offered the motion after seeing someone show a pornographic video in the back of a car. "As technology improves, this is going to be a big problem," he said. State law already prohibits pandering obscenity, a fifth-degree felony. City Council has jurisdiction only over misdemeanors.

Chabot targeted for marriage issue

Gay-rights supporters protested near the Carew Tower office of Congressman Steve Chabot Wednesday, saying Chabot's support of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage was distracting him from the real issues facing his west-side district. The eight members of the Washington-based Campaign to Protect the Constitution called the Federal Marriage Amendment a "political ploy" to distract the country. A Chabot spokesman said it was "absurd" to think he couldn't focus on other issues while holding five hearings in six months.

TRAFFIC WATCH

• Alert-New London Road in Morgan Township is closed between Race Lane Road and Chapel Road for water-main installation until next week.

• Watch for rolling lane closures on east- and westbound Ohio 125 in Clermont County beneath the Interstate 275 overpass and on I-275 under the Wilfert Road bridge through May 11.




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